Churches and Houses of Worship Against Homophobia

A few months ago I had written a post on religious people who have spoken in youtube against homophobia. Since then, I have found in youtube various houses of worship who have collectively taken a stand against bullying against LGBT youth. In here I’ll post some of those youtube videos.

Here are some religious groups that are fighting homophobia within their own denominations:

SOULFORCE is a group founded by Mel White (a former a former seminary professor and ghostwriter for the Rev. Jerry Falwell) and his partner Gary Nixon to fight homophobia within the Evangelical church. Soulforce promotes activism to show the connection between anti-gay religious dogma and the resulting attacks on the lives and civil liberties of LGBT Americans.

DIGNITY USA fights for the rights of LGBT Catholics within the Catholic Church. Athe United States, Dignity USA worships openly with other GLBT and supportive Catholics, socialize, share personal and spiritual concerns, and work together on educational and justice issues.

NEW WAYS MINISTRY is a gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian and gay Catholics and reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities. Through research, publication and education about homosexuality, the ministry fosters dialogue among groups and individuals, identify and combat personal and structural homophobia, work for changes in attitudes and promote the acceptance of gay and lesbian people as full and equal member of church and society.

AFFIRMATION serves the needs of gay Mormon women and men, as well as bisexual and transgender LDS and their supportive family and friends, through social and educational activities.

CATHOLICS FOR EQUALITY was founded in 2010 to support, educate, and mobilize Catholics in the advancement of freedom and equality at the federal, state, and local levels for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered family, parish and community members.

FAITH IN AMERICA is an Evangelical group fighting religious based bigotry

I believe that since much of the homophobia in today’s culture is a result of the teachings of many Christian and religious institutions, then religious people who believe in gay rights have to speak out within the church and answer back their more conservative counterparts. From the organizations and churches who are taking a stand against bullying and homophobia, it gives me hope that a change is taking place within Christianity and other religions that’ll bring it more in the spirit of inclusivity that God wants for all people. As Coretta Scott King once said:

I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice… But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’ … I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

WALLINGFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF BERKELEY

CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHARD UCC IN ANN ARBOR

MIDDLE COLLEGIATE CHURCH

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

MARBLE CHURCH, NEW YORK

TRINITY METROPALITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA

ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

SEATTLE UNITED METHODIST PASTORS

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

BEIT SIMCHAT TORAH CONGREGATION

MCKINLEY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

TEL AVIV GAY AND LESBIAN JEWISH YOUTH GROUP

FAITH GETS BETTER

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I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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